Personal Summary / Bio
AmandaBalestrieri was born and educated in England, and won two merit scholarships toJesus College, Oxford University, where she read Modern Languages (German andFrench) and received her BA and MA degrees. She received diplomas from theAssociated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in voice, piano (Lloyd HartleyMemorial Prize), and violin, and studied voice with Marjorie Thomas of theRoyal Academy of Music in London. She appeared as a soloist in Oxford andLondon, toured in Europe with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields underNeville Marriner, and spent a year in Milan, Italy. Now residing in the UnitedStates, Ms. Balestrieri appears regularly as a concert and recital soloist, andhas sung under the baton of Christopher Hogwood, Leonard Slatkin, and PeterPhillips. She has appeared in recital at the 92nd Street Y in New York and atthe Phillips Collection in Washington DC, been broadcast on National PublicRadio’s Performance Today, performedat the Lincoln Center with the Four Nations Ensemble, and at Merkin andFlorence Gould Halls in New York. She has given critically-acclaimedperformances in New York and Boston with the famed St. Thomas Choir and the NewYork Collegium, and in Washington DC with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, theWashington Bach Consort, and Opera Lafayette, among others.
Ms. Balestrierihas made several appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra at the KennedyCenter in works by Mozart, Vaughan Williams, and Schubert. Much in demand forher skills in baroque repertoire, Balestrieri performs regularly with thepremier period instrument orchestras and ensembles across the country, takingmajor roles in several productions of baroque opera in New York, Boston, andWashington. She also performs 20th century and contemporary works, includingrecent performances of French chamber works for voice and flute, and RichardEinhorn’s Voices of Light with Anonymous Four. She has recorded with theAmerican Bach Soloists for the Koch label, and with Ensemble Five/One and theFolger Consort. In 1999, she was nominated for a "Wammie" (WashingtonArea Music Association award) in the Best Classical Vocalist category. Recentperformances include Messiah at St.Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and Washington National Cathedral; Haydn’s Il mondo della luna (Clarice) with OperaLafayette; Bach arias with the Washington Bach Consort; Handel’s drama Hercules (Iole); Handel’s oratorio Alexander’s Feast in its originalversion with the Bach Sinfonia (for whom she also gave the first Washingtonperformance of the recently-discovered aria by Bach); and a recital of Handelcantatas for the American Handel Society conference in Santa Fe. Additional performancesinclude Mozart’s Mass in C, Requiemand Solemn Vespers, and Bach’s St. John Passion, Honeggery's King David, and return engagements atthe Saratoga Baroque Festival and the Staunton Music Festival at theBlackfriars Shakespeare Theatre. In the spring of 2010, Ms. Balestrieri is a featured soloist in theMontana Early Music Festival, and will appear in recital on the prestigiousPhillips Collection series in Washington DC.